Ajay Bhatnagar, a distinguished IPS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, has been appointed as the Special Director of the prestigious Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), marking a new chapter in his illustrious career. With an extensive background in law enforcement, Bhatnagar brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this crucial role. His appointment, along with three other esteemed IPS officers, Rajesh Kumar Singh, Rakesh Asthana, and Praveen Sinha, as Special Directors of the CBI, demonstrates the government’s commitment to bolstering the agency’s leadership.
Having served in various challenging positions in Jharkhand and Bihar, Bhatnagar has excelled in his career, leaving an indelible mark in the realm of intelligence and investigations. His notable contributions in high-profile cases, such as the 2013 Bodh Gaya blasts and the 2016 Pathankot terror attack, attest to his unwavering dedication and exceptional skills.
Bhatnagar’s expertise spans across counter-terrorism, cybercrime, and anti-corruption investigations, making him a formidable force in combating emerging threats. His exceptional service has been recognized with prestigious accolades, including the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and the Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
In addition to Bhatnagar’s appointment, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has extended the tenure of Anish Prasad, another accomplished IPS officer of the Jharkhand cadre. Prasad, currently serving as the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the CBI, has been entrusted with the critical task of investigating the Balasore train accident case. His expertise and dedication in handling complex cases have earned him an extension in his central deputation, enabling him to diligently pursue justice in this tragic incident.
The Balasore train accident, which resulted in the loss of lives and injuries, necessitated a thorough investigation. The CBI, taking charge of the case from the Railway Protection Force (RPF), under the request of the Odisha government, aims to unravel the truth behind this unfortunate incident.
The appointments of Ajay Bhatnagar and the extension of Anish Prasad’s tenure reaffirm the government’s commitment to strengthening the CBI’s leadership and ensuring justice for the people. These accomplished officers bring their expertise, dedication, and integrity to their respective roles, promising a brighter and more secure future for our nation.